The presenter of the popular Top Gear TV show Jeremy Clarkson has revealed the stress of losing his job drove him to “rehab”, according to a British tabloid paper.
The star, who was sacked by the BBC after punching a producer, was sent to a remote retreat by doctors, who feared Clarkson’s stress levels were so extreme that the presenter was becoming a “drooling vegetable”, ‘Daily Star’ said.
Writing in his news column, Clarkson said: “Back in the summer it was decided by people with serious faces and stethoscopes that I needed a complete break and they weren’t talking about two weeks in the sun with a book, and a million cocktail parties every night. They were talking about a whole month in the Stone Age.”
Daily Star quoted him as saying “I must go immediately to a prison where there would be no contact with the outside world.”
The retreat saw Clarkson, who has now signed a big money deal to re-boot the motoring show for Amazon firm, in bed by 10pm each night after a day of clean living.
He was urged to practice yoga, meditation, Zumba and t’ai chi.
Clarkson was less than impressed with his surroundings, the paper said.
“I agreed because in my mind it would be a gentleman’s retreat, filled with Scandinavian furniture and half-naked Vietnamese women. It wasn’t. In fact it was an actual prison.”